Several areas of the court system are in jeopardy
this this week as officials try to determine how to make ends
WBKO spoke with Kentucky Supreme Court Justices who
are worried about how it will all play out.
"We are very concerned about the judicial branch
budget," said Kentucky Supreme Court Justice John D.
Kentucky Supreme Court Justice John D. Minton is
worried about the newest cuts in the Kentucky budget.
The Judicial Branch passed a budget in the House
early last week leaving the Court of Justice $55-million short in
"Just like every other branch or office in
government, we were fully expecting some serious belt tightening,
but as the budget now stands, the judicial branch is going to take a
very serious cut in its budget," explained Minton.
The Court of Justice will receive a one time funding
opportunity for $30-million, till leaving them $25-million
State Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham explains
how this will effect the state.
"One of the main things were concerned with is
getting the deputy circuit clerks a pay raise. These deputy circuit
clerks are maybe the most important people in our system, and that's
in jeopardy now. Our drug courts which have been highly successful
across the state are in jeopardy," Cunningham stated.
Although in a bind, Justice Cunningham hasn't given
up hope that things may turn around.
"We're hoping that maybe we can have some changes
made, and the court system won't suffer from these cuts," he
Still, in the mist of these possible budget cuts,
Justice Minton can't help but question what caused this
"There must have been surely some misunderstanding
as to what the needs of the Judicial Branch are." exclaimed
The lack of funding would cause several problems
including state-wide layoffs, the possible elimination of Drug
Courts and courthouse construction